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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

new school year (un)excitement

I had a foreboding feeling when leaving my oldest daughter’s apartment on Sunday night after she helped me finish getting two heads of hair styled and ready for the first day of school. You see, these two heads needed long-term hairstyles. There would be no daily combing or styling for at least a month so twists and braids were in order.

The foreboding came in when we – me and the excited-about-first-day girls – arrived home after 10:30. Yes, on a school night. My routine is, and always has been, to ensure shoes, hair, clothes, backpacks are ready at least a week in advance. This didn’t occur with the hair because I knew I could not handle it myself, I knew I wanted  to take 8-year-old Amareah to have someone else do individual braids plus add a little hair and, possibly, have 6-year-old Anna’s done as well.

My beautiful Amareah has a head full of dark curly hair that’s a little pass her shoulders. Over the past couple of years it has gotten thicker and thicker. See what I mean?

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Anna’s hair isn’t as thick as her sister’s and normally to take less time, which is good because of the pain resulting from the repetitive motions as well as the awkward and lengthy sitting positions. Hence the reason I asked their father to financially contribute to this process. I guess you get the idea that he did not… or could not… depending on whose perspective you use.

And there we were… rushing in almost three hours after bedtime.

Everything about getting to school and having what is needed has gone fairly smoothly. Except for our attitudes. Monday Anna was so tired after school that she acted up and ended up being in big trouble. The same night, Amareah cried while doing her homework.

I’m now having déjà vu.

Last night Amareah cried during homework again resulting in her getting in trouble. I expressed my dislike of the school year routine and she agreed. This morning Amareah dragged herself into my room explaining how tired she is, I hit snooze at least three times and didn’t even notice and Anna proclaimed she couldn’t go to school ‘cause she was coughing and her throat hurt.

More déjà vu.

Really? The school year is only on day three and I’m exhausted. How’s that possible? Stress from a variety of places, but ultimately I realize my body and health issues do not like the strict structure and tasks involved during this time. I’m not feeling my children too much either. Come on, moms, you know that happens.

How will we survive an entire school year when we are struggling after three days? Well, at least they always look cute.

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How’s the beginning of the new school year starting for you? Are your children looking forward to it if they haven’t started already? (Special note to homeschooling families: Please don’t torture me with the freedom of your schedule. Be gentle!) Happy new school year.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


I received Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum from Influenster to facilitate this review. No compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.Disclosure policy.

My journey to longer lashes began on May 16th when I first told you about Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum. Let’s see the final results:


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I have quite a bit of difficulty taking a picture of my eyes, but I tried to crop and get as close and clear as I could. As you can see I have very short eyelashes and although I speculated in the second post about Fysiko that my eyelashes looked a little bit longer I don’t see much difference at all. Maybe a millimeter on the outer lash... What do you think?

I’d also like to note that I during this test period I used the product twice a day 90 percent of the time and I also applied it to my bottom lid (they don’t recommend this). Regarding the bottom lid I did notice some thickness there because I have a bald spot. From your perspective it’s about a pinky nail in from the left right after the first thickest part of the lashes.

Having been an Influenster, I noticed quite a few of the other product reviewers experienced great (and noticeable!) results. I’m not sure if it’s body chemistry, amount of product used or something else. Would I recommend the product? Probably, but only because results are different for most people.

That, dear reader, is my current quest for long lashes. My previous quest was with Neulash; please take a moment to read that as well. I will continue using the product for as long as I have some because I want to get maximum benefit to see if that makes a different.

Tell me, do you use any lash growth serums?


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Strum away with a new guitar inlay

Fall and the beginning of the school year bring with it events and activities that, for some, were put on hold or that were a little lax during the summer months. Young and old musicians alike are picking up their instruments to rekindle desires and meet the grade for competitions and performances.

Some of those magicians strum a guitar like nobody’s business and take great pride in their ability to play the instrument as well as the techniques and visual appearance of said instrument. To add a little extra happiness to their playing they can turn to VanWhy Inlay & Design, a company that specializes in custom inlays and luthier services.



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They are the perfect company to turn to for custom guitar inlays. VanWhy is a Pennsylvania-based company that can create an inlay from any material the customer can think of: pearl, shell, exotic woods, metals and stone. They offer affordable pricing with ideal turnaround times, and they understand the importance and will execute a custom inlay worthy of display. For those in need of a custom guitar inlay for themselves or a musician in their lives VanWhy Inlay & Design can be contacted for a quote.

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